TAMPA, Fla., May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Swedish Energy Agency, in partnership with five Swedish municipalities, launched a global Intelligent Energy Challenge to identify innovative solutions to support the transition to distributed solar energy resources.
Amzur Technologies, a Tampa, Florida-based software firm, was one of four international winners selected. Each winner has received a €10,000 prize.
Renewable energy sources like solar power and wind energy present a challenge to electric power providers since the sun is not always shining and winds are quite variable. The solution – forecast solar production and energy demand and reduce electricity demand or store excess energy in batteries.
Amzur partnered with the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Labs to propose an open source software based Distributed Energy controller. The energy controller forecasts on-site energy consumption and local energy supply - solar PV generation and available energy (battery) storage. Based on these forecasts, the system can decide, based on a set of user-defined rules, to buy electricity from the local utility, discharge the batteries, or delay when an air conditioner turns on.
The winning teams will now be invited to negotiate with the participating municipalities and private firms. The next phase of the challenge has up to €250,000 available to pilot their proposed solutions.
Raymond Kaiser, Amzur's Director of Energy Management Systems, said that "the rapid adoption of solar energy throughout the world is creating new challenges for traditional utilities and new opportunities for companies seeking to reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. At Amzur, we are committed to designing and implementing open-source software solutions that integrate the reliability of the electric grid with the resiliency of distributed energy resources like solar power and battery storage."
About Amzur Technologies and OpenDEM Distributed Energy Resource Management Solution
Amzur Technologies, based in Tampa, Florida, is an information technology solutions, consulting and support firm. Amzur provides custom and customizable secure mobile to cloud applications and services.
OpenDEM is a modular suite of open source applications that can monitor, manage and control Distributed Energy Resources locally and remotely – from a single building to a campus, to a diverse portfolio of buildings, or a large service territory.
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SOURCE Amzur Technologies, Inc.